Sheriff Al Lamberti Uses Facebook to Catch Coupon Thieves; Sun-Sentinel Has the Scoop
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Well, not always. But when there's a real crime to solve -- like somebody stealing the Sunday coupon inserts from Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald vending machines -- he's ready to ignore that work/personal barrier and spring into action.
"I got the initial complaint on my Facebook page," Lamberti told Doreen Christensen of the Sun-Sentinel. "Someone sent me a message and said "I can't believe this. I spent a $1.25 for the paper and got home to find that I had been ripped off and the coupons were gone. Can you do something about this?"
Lamberti sprang into action, posting this Facebook update:
has received a number of private messages about coupon theft from the Sunday paper. I didn't realize this is becoming a major problem in a tough economy. An Internet search reveals that this "quality of life" crime has been sparked by extreme couponing and the very slim possibility of arrest for stealing. Thoughts anyone? Have a great day.
BSO says it apprehended two coupon hoarders, Adolfo Rodriguez and Wilmian Milian, and charged them with misdemeanor retail theft.
Lamberti says it's important to prevent this type of crime, citing poor mothers who spend $1.50 on a Sunday paper for $30 to $40 of savings per week.
Since his posts, local TV stations have started catching coupon thieves in action. With a record like this, he'll have no trouble being reelected!
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